Tiny Tweaks: How to Drink More Water

Since life can get hectic and sometimes there isn’t time to do everything on your to do list (except watch Parenthood, because there’s always time for that) I thought I’d do a little mini-series on the little things you can squeeze into your day that can make a big difference on your health! Get it? A mini-series on little things? Hah. After spending a couple of days trying to “count my macros”, (holy monkeys you guys, how do you do that?! When did eating become SO COMPLICATED?!) I decided I’d just focus on little things because they’re way easier and easy things = things you’ll actually do. Right? Right.

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A few months ago I decided to start drinking more water. Why? Because everyone tells you you’re supposed to drink more water so it must be important. Actually it was because I was pretty sure my body was 40% coffee and I was probably dehydrated. So goals of water consumption began. And even though everyone tells you “drink more water” that didn’t actually help me guzzle any more H20. Here are the tiny little things that did make me drink more water.

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  1. Get a straw. It sounds crazy but honestly I drink so much more water if I have a cup with a straw. You can sip on water while still maintaining eye contact with your computer screen and let’s be real, that makes a difference. Alex actually got me these reusable straws from Crate and Barrel and they’re the best things ever. They’re big enough that you can use them with smoothies but I stick ‘em in a glass of water and sip my way to hydration.
  2. Drink lukewarm water. Ok I know that sounds crazy and if lukewarm water gives you the creeps then add a little ice but water that’s super cold is hard to drink. Water that’s just a little on the cool side is much easier to drink quickly without running into the dangers of a brain freeze. I find I can drink a lot more water if it’s not super chilly.
  3. Add a little lemon or lime or something. I try to get a huge glass of water with lemons at lunch and then I continually refill it with plain water all afternoon. Just a tiny hint of lemon helps me keep on sipping. If you want to get really fancy you can get one of these cups that has a little “infuser” built in, but I just go with a plain water cup.
  4. Enlist a water buddy. My coworker Britt is my water buddy which is basically a drinking buddy of non-alcoholic beverages. We just remind each other to drink water throughout the day. We’re also FitBit friends which makes us extra accountable.

What helps you drink more water?

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  1. Omg I love the get a straw idea. I always loved straws as a kid but I outgrew them when my parents said it was childish.

  2. There’s a great app I use called Drink Right that reminds you to drink water throughout the day. I especially love using it while marathon training since staying hydrated is super important!

  3. I totally agree with you on the temperature thing! I have a refillable water bottle with a built-in filter, so I never have an excuse not to drink water. I can fill it up in any old sink and it taste good, which is how I got used to non-icy water.

  4. I’m with you on the “no ice” idea. I drink water so much more easily if it’s not freezing cold, and I never opt for ice.

  5. oh my god! This is super exciting; didnt even know reusable straws existed! I am a horrible water drinker and am always looking for ways to drink more… thanks a mill!

  6. I also started to drink more water and then I saw then I much more thirsty then before!
    I just want to drink all the time!

  7. I drink water all the time! 3 years ago I started to cut out all sugar…that meant erm sweet tea as well. Whew. Cucumber water, strawberry water, etc. The fresh fruit in it is pretty in the summer in a glass pitcher:)

  8. These are some great ideas. I keep one ice cube in my water so it’s cool rather than lukewarm but I always have extra bottles in my car if needed. I find that I drink it lukewarm all the time. Thirsty driver.

  9. Oh I agree about the straw, I drink way way more! 🙂

  10. Great tips! Love the adding of lemon or lime.

  11. I carry a water bottle with me most places, but I have started recently filling it with lemon water (helps so much!) and then hot tea that I brew and then ice. Having a little taste is so helpful.

  12. Great tips and reminders – I’ve been drinking lots of great teas and water when I get a bit hungry to help me hold out a bit longer – it’s working!

  13. This is great!! I love it! …sadly I have a tendency to drink TOO much water… it can unbalance my electrolytes!! But this is great for those looking to drink more!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is basically my life. I will drink basically anything from a straw, and I hate hate cold drinks unless they’re frozen or iced coffee!! I also find having a cute cup with a straw abd lid helps a lot snice I’ll carry it around with me everywhere

  15. Great tips! I love putting berries or cucumbers in my water too. I feel super fancy and I end up drinking more water!

  16. Great tips! I always drink room temp water and most people think I’m crazy, but I make sure to get plenty in! 🙂

  17. I love to add fruit to my water…it helps me drink more and makes it taste SO much better!

  18. i struggle with that too but lately, i have been keeping a bottle with straw with me at all times to help ensure that. its helping a lot.

  19. It’s amazing what a huge difference drinking more water can make. I always bring a refillable bottle with me to work and try to refill it 2-3x a day. I love your tips too though! I didn’t know that about drinking lukewarm water!

  20. Great tips Liz! My biggest tip is to keep a bottle/glass of water next to you at all times…otherwise it’s too easy to fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” scenario! Also brewing fruit-flavoured herbal teas and serving them over ice helps jazz up plain water.

  21. You’re so right about the straw- it makes a HUGE difference!

  22. Awesome tips! I’ve recently been drinking a lot more water. Not for the endless health reasons I’ve known for years, but rather because I read about dehydration causing wrinkles! Nothing like vanity to motivate your fitness, right? 😉

  23. Thanks for the reminder. I definitely need to drink more water. I’ve gotten so bad at it, though I used to be quite good when I worked in an office. (Any reason to get up and stretch my legs, I guess!)

  24. Straws really do make drinking water easier! I bought a water bottle w/ a straw when I was pregnant and my water consumption has most definitely risen. 🙂

  25. I love adding lemon to my water! I always drink so much more of it!

  26. Okay, so I’m not weird for preferring lukewarm water, when it comes to getting hydrated? Ice cold water is nice on a hot day, but if I’m trying to stay hydrated, room temp/lukewarm totally helps to down some H20.

  27. Love tip #3! I keep a big mason jar of water on my desk at work and make a point to fill it up throughout the day. Getting up to go to the water cooler is a nice break, plus the cool water is energizing in the middle of the day!


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